When Should You Take Your Child to the Emergency Room?
We've all been there: It’s the middle of the night, and you’re up with a sick child. You’ve given your child Tylenol, but the fever is still running high. Your child’s breathing sounds raspy, and you’re starting to wonder if you need to make a trip to the Emergency Room.
As a parent, you should never be afraid to call your doctor, or try and get help if you think there is something wrong with your baby.
You wake your spouse for advice, but he only says, “Do what you think.” It’s not like a trip to the ER is fun – or cheap – so you don’t want to go if it isn’t necessary. But at the same time, NOTHING comes second to your child’s health. So what do you do?
There are some key things you’ll want to check for. If these symptoms are present, you should go to the ER:
- Your child has trouble breathing or has shortness of breath.
If your child has a nebulizer or inhaler for asthma, and you have already used it and there is no change, your child needs to be seen!
If your child's airway has become blocked by choking, you should immediately call 911.
- Your child has a fever accompanied by stiffening in the neck.
- Your child’s awareness is affected (has become unusually sleepy, difficult to wake, disoriented, or confused).
- Your child accidentally gets into a poisonous substance or medication.
- Your child has a deep wound that won’t stop bleeding, or his circulation is affected, causing paleness, listlessness, or discoloration of the skin.
- Your child has had more than minor head trauma.
- Your child has a rapid heartbeat that won’t slow down.